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How can you know if you have a wrongful death claim?

On Behalf of | Sep 5, 2019 | Personal Injury |

The unexpected loss of a loved can be catastrophic for your California family. You may find yourself dealing with medical bills and other financial impacts as well as the devastation that comes with the death of a family member. This is a difficult and emotionally challenging time, and you may be wondering how you will ever put the pieces back together. 

If your loved one died as the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you have options available to you. It is possible you could have grounds for legal recourse, an option that may allow you to recoup your financial losses. This will not reverse what happened or undo the damage your family suffered, but it could be a reasonable way by which you can start to move forward after such a tragic incident

Do you have a valid claim?

Not everyone who loses a loved one has a valid reason to pursue a wrongful death claim. The death of an individual is only one of the elements that you will have to prove in order to have a successful claim. You will also need to be able to present evidence that verifies that your loved one died as the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another person.

As part of your claim, you will need to be able to prove that your family is suffering financially as a result of the death of your loved one. This includes documentation from medical bills, funeral costs and more. Wrongful death claims often arise out of fatal car accidents, medical malpractice claims or death during a supervised activity. 

What can you get? 

The intent of a wrongful death claim is to provide grieving families financial relief when they lose a loved one as the result of someone else’s negligent or reckless choices. While you may be able to recoup your losses associated with medical bills and funeral costs, it may also be possible to secure damages associated with lost income, loss of companionship and more.

An evaluation of your case can help you understand what types of compensation could be available to you. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney during this difficult time can help you understand what the best course of action may be for your family. You do not have to take one step of this process alone.